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Israel Supreme Court rules state has right to withhold bodies of slain Palestinians, use them as ‘bargaining chips’

Israel Supreme Court rules state has right to withhold bodies of slain Palestinians, use them as ‘bargaining chips’

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In the reversal of an earlier ruling, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Israeli government can withhold the bodies of 13 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and use their bodies as bargaining chips in future negotiations with Palestinian political factions. The ruling, passed in a 4-3 majority vote, stated that under Israel’s “emergency regulations,” the military is permitted to order the bodies of slain Palestinians who have been declared “deceased enemies,” Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, said in a statement. It came in response to a petition filed by the families of six Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces, and their bodies subsequently withheld, after they carried out attacks on Israelis.
Source: Israel Supreme Court rules state has right to withhold bodies of slain Palestinians, use them as ‘bargaining chips’

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